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Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body?

A total of 5 reviews of this product on Reddit.

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17th Jul 2018

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23rd Apr 2021

>I’m probably also not eating enough protein right now as I’m cutting down on food intake to lose the remaining pregnancy weight I gained.

Without enough protein you’ll lose more muscle mass in any case, especially calorie restricted. You almost certainly want to to lose fat weight, not lean muscle mass. I highly recommend you work with a nutritionist and/or read up on proper fitness dieting. You could pick up Thinner, Leaner, Stronger and just read the nutrition parts for now.

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12th Oct 2019

Good question. There is a lot of “bro science” out there and a lot of people end up wasting loads of time on ineffective workouts.

A good one-stop-shop place to get started is the book Thinner Leaner Stronger by Mike Matthews. It isn’t exhaustive but if you read it and put it into practice you will be ahead of at least 75% of people in the gym in terms of knowing how to lift effectively. He also has a free podcast, “Muscle For Life”, that is really helpful too.

In a nutshell lifting can be put in two categories depending on your goals: cutting (losing a lot of fat while retaining as much muscle as possible) and bulking (gaining muscle while gaining as little fat as possible).

Your actual scale weight is more or less irrelevant, it’s really all about body composition (amount of fat relative to muscle, or body fat percentage).

Most women look best between 17-25% depending on their body.

Moderate to advance lifters basically have to either cut or bulk, so most bulk for awhile then cut, bulk then cut, etc. until they reach their goal. Think of it like 3 steps forward 1 step back.

Beginners who are just starting to train can do both at the same time until their body adapts to the lifting. This is an over simplification, but essentially your body is so under developed that you can gain muscle and shed fat until you reach a “normal” healthy body comp. This phenomenon is known as “newbie gains”.

There are three key components to building a great physique: lifting, recovery, and diet.

Lifting heavy weights puts unusually high stress on your muscles to the point where they are slightly damaged (catabolic). To adapt to the new level of work your muscles are being asked to do, during your recovery your body will build them back up, only stronger (anabolic). In order to recover well, your body needs a lot of protein and energy from your diet. Not only that, it needs a lot of sleep. This process is known as hypertrophy, which is a fundamental part of building a great body.

Energy balance is a very important thing to this entire process. As you go about your day doing normal activity you burn a certain amount of calories on average. This is known as your TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure). Most women probably burn around 1,800+- 200 calories a day (this number goes up as activity increases, so people who exercise regularly typically have a higher TDEE than people who don’t).

Someone with perfect energy balance (2,000 calories consumed, 2,000 calories burned) will not gain or lose weight. If they consume 1,800 and burn 2,000 the body will take the remaining 200 from fat stores. If they consume 2,200 calories and burn 2,000, the 200 excess calories are stored as fat for later consumption. Or, and this is the key, if the body has damage it will use these extra calories to repair the damage. Thus, to gain muscle one has to slightly injure the muscle, then eat a caloric surplus in order for the body to have enough energy and material to repair and strengthen the muscle.

This is a big over simplification but for functional purposes it is close enough.

As far as the actual lifting goes, heavy compound (uses multiple major muscle groups) are a great place to start. The squat, deadlift, and bench press are the “big three” primary lifts most strength programs are built around. Even if your goals are purely aesthetic, you’d still benefit from learning these movements and gaining a solid strength baseline.

There is a lot more but this should be plenty to get started. Believe it or not, the entire thing becomes a lot of fun and it is extremely motivating when you see your body start to change for the better!

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1st Jun 2018

It’s a strength training program and diet plan.

Here’s the link to the book. Thinner Leaner Stronger

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11th May 2018

A couple that are fairly popular among the crowd at r/xxfitness are Thinner, Leaner, Stronger, or Strong Curves.

They have a list of beginner lifting programs here as well.